Q. What Does RMT Stand For?
A. Registered Massage Therapist
Q. How long will my first appointment take?
therapy appointments can be booked in slots of 30, 45, 60 or 90 minute
visits. It is important to arrive 10 minutes before your initial
appointment time to fill out a health history form. The initial visit
will include a 10-15 minute assessment that may include an interview
process and hands on testing to determine the necessary course of
treatment. For this reason we recommend booking at least 45 minutes for
your first visit. The last 5 minutes of the treatment usually include demonstration of self care or remedial exercises.
Q. Do I have to take my clothes off?
Massage therapy treatments are best performed through skin on skin contact.
We can modify the treatment to work directly over clothing or over
sheets if desired. It is up to you on which articles of clothing to
remove as you will be instructed to undress to your comfort level,
however most patients chose to fully disrobe. Sheets are provided and
you to cover yourself prior to the massage therapist entering the room. During a treatment, only the areas being worked on will be undraped, all other areas will be covered by sheets and blankets.
Q. Do you do deep tissue massage?
At the start of the treatment, the massage therapist will set up a pain
scale with you to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the
treatment. The therapist will check in during the treatment to see if
they are using enough pressure or if you desire more.
Q. Do you use any hot or cold hydrotherapy applications?
Bayside, we have access to both hot and cold applications. On hand we
have ice, as well as thermaphores to provide deep, moist heat. Often if
the client cannot tolerate the weight of an ice pack, there is always
the option of an ice massage. Depending on the condition, the massage
therapist will decide the appropriate treatment and can recommend
appropriate hydrotherapy treatments for home care such as paraffin wax
treatments or Epsom salt baths. It is important to understand the length
and temperatures of the applications in order for them to have their
desired outcome. The therapist might perform a small test patch at the
beginning to make sure there will be no adverse reaction to hot or cold
therapy in the treatment.
Q. I have heard about breast massage, is that something you offer at your clinic?
Breast massage is offered at Bayside Health &
Wellness and is carried out with utmost professionalism. If you are
interested in breast massage or information regarding such, we recommend
you discuss it with the therapist before the appointment to ensure you
are comfortable with the process and to answer any questions or
Breast massage is
indicated for general drainage problems, pre/post menstrual pain, breast
swelling and/or congestion, discomforts of pregnancy and/or lactation,
blocked milk ducts (contraindicated if mastitis), pre/post surgery
including breast augmentation or reduction, symptomatic relief of pain,
promotion of good quality scarring and relief of adhered, restrictive or
painful scarring, common benign breast conditions, assistance with
breast health, discomfort from cancer treatment, rehabilitation from
Q. My children are covered by benefits, is there a certain age you must be for massage?
There is no age requirement for someone to receive a massage.
We are trained in infant massage and pediatric massage as well as
informational sessions for parents. Children can benefit from massage to
manage growing pains, anxiety, to help with autism and cerebral palsy
symptoms and to help promote healing of injuries. Infants can benefit
from massage to help with digestive issues and to increase bonding
between parents and child. The guardian must be present to give consent
for massage prior to their first session. Parents are welcome and encouraged to be present with their children during massage treatment sessions.
Q. I have TMJ disorder, do you perform intraoral massage?
massage therapists are trained in intraoral massage for the condition
of TMJ disorder. Before the treatment, an assessment is performed to see
if intraoral massage is indicated for that day. The massage therapist
will set up a hand signal with you before so you can communicate with
them during the treatment. All our therapists take precautions for your
health and safety as treatments are performed with non-latex gloves.
Q. I am on certain medications, can I still get a massage?
the initial treatment you will fill out a health history questionnaire
that informs the massage therapist of any medications you are on. Based
on your answers, the therapist will decide whether massage is indicated
or not. Registered Massage Therapists can modify the treatment based on
the medications you are on by varying techniques or through positioning.
It is important at the beginning of each treatment to tell your massage
therapist if there are any changes to your medications or if you are
currently taking any over-the-counter medications or vitamins. In
addition, if you are planning on seeing your massage therapist you may
want to refrain from taking any pain medications before the treatment as
it can affect your tolerance to depth and pressure for some techniques.
Q. How often should I get a massage?
the initial treatment, the massage therapist will discuss a treatment
plan with you. This includes how often you should return to see us and
when we will assess your progress. Duration and frequency is based on
the condition, age, nutrition, activity level and optimal recovery
times. It is also based on your compliance in terms of performing the home care exercises prescribed to you. If you are seeing us for wellness massage or maintenance treatment we generally recommend monthly sessions.
Q. Why Bayside Health & Wellness?
A. At Bayside Health & Wellness your comfort, health and experience while under our care is our #1 priority. We will listen to your concerns and address them in a friendly, professional environment. Our Registered Massage Therapists have a diverse background in education and experience. Combined our RMTs have over 20 years of experience in patient care. They have educational backgrounds in undergraduate level toxicology, pathology and fitness training.
Through their personal interest and participation in athletics, our
Registered Massage Therapists have superior insight into musculoskeletal
conditions and how best to recover from them.